When do silkies mature?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Three Cedars Silkies, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. My 5 month old silkie boys are crowing...but not acting particularly interested in "the deed". In the pen next to them are 2 bantam cochin boys who have been breeding for a month and they are several weeks younger than the silkies.

    How about the pullets....when do they typically start laying?
     
  2. SunshineSilkies

    SunshineSilkies Songster

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    I have some pullets that were born in December that haven't started laying yet. The cockerel from the same hatch starting crowing about 6 weeks ago and starting to "dance". Depending on where you get them from, I think depends on when they start laying. Typically, if you get them from a breeder, for some reason, it takes the boys and girls longer to mature. The boys are usually ready before the girls. Hatchery birds seems to mature at a faster rate for some reason and lay sooner. I am still patiently waiting for a few of mine to start laying..[​IMG]
     
  3. magsrags

    magsrags Songster

    Aug 12, 2008
    Staten Island NY
    Quote:I had 3 hatchery hens all begin laying at just 5 mmonths old. All in the same week...... and they were actually hatched out the same day. interesting.[​IMG]
     
  4. My girls started laying at 6.2 months, and 7 months of age.
     

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